Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

House OKs $19.1 billion disaster aid bill

House OKs $19.1 billion disaster aid bill

The bill would also protect from deportation 4,60,000 immigrants who have been legally staying in the USA under a temporary protection program aimed at countries suffering from natural disasters, wars and other traumas. It is likely fated to join a host of other House-passed measures advancing the Democrats' agenda that are running aground in the Republican-controlled senate, including legislation on healthcare, gun control, climate change and election security.

The US Congress overcame months of delays to finally pass a $19.1 billion relief package Monday to help victims of flooding, wildfires and hurricanes that have devastated communities from Puerto Rico to California.

Still, it's unlikely the bill will see a vote in the GOP-led Senate as the White House "strongly opposed" the measure.

It would also shield others in the United States temporarily because their home countries - chiefly in Central America, Africa and the Middle East - have been ravaged by wars or natural disasters.

In addition to passage of the relief package, the House also voted to extend the National Flood Insurance Program until September 30. Chip Roy, R-Texas; Thomas Massie, R-Ky.; and John Rose, R-Tenn., objected to approving a funding package of that size without having the full House present to vote. He has said he would seek the border money later.

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She says that being part of the process has allowed her to learn a lot about the character of Indigenous populations across the country.

Among the reasons was a demand by House liberals to block the Homeland Security Department from getting information from federal social welfare authorities to help track immigrants residing in the US illegally who take migrant refugee children into their homes.

House Democrats have passed an immigration bill creating a path to citizenship for "dreamers" - illegals brought into the country as children.

Though the bill contained provisions thwarting many gang members from winning legal status, Republicans unsuccessfully tried adding tougher language. The conservative Club for Growth called on Republicans to vote against it, arguing that "a "Yes" vote means higher deficits and more debt". In 2017, the hurricane killed almost 3,000 people and did major damage to the island's power grid.

After months of back-and-forth and relentless finger-pointing, Democrats successfully included $300 million in Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants for Puerto Rico, in addition to $600 million in funds for the nutritional program on the island, which is still recovering from a pair of devastating earthquakes in 2017.

The week-long stalemate over relief funding underscores the intense tension and partisanship that has marred Congress this session, even when both sides have reached a compromise.

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